Myanmar Times co-founder freed

Jessica Mudditt

Published in The Myanmar Times on 24 April 2013

The Myanmar Times’ co-founder U Myat Swe (Sonny) was released from Taunggyi Prison in Shan State yesterday, as part of a government amnesty releasing 93 prisoners.

U Myat Swe received a 14-year sentence in 2005 for bypassing censorship regulations and had served eight-and-a-half years at the time the amnesty was granted.

He was greeted at 11am by about 30 colleagues from The Myanmar Times at Yangon Airport, as well as his wife, Yamin Htin Aung and his 18-year-old son, Nicholas Swe. The President Office spokesman Ye Htut said in a Facebook post that 93 people were given a presidential pardon on Tuesday.

The Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) told Irrawaddy yesterday that 59 people being imprisoned for political reasons were among those released, including 19 political prisoners and 40 Shan rebel soldiers.

Prisoners were released from Yangon’s Insein Prison…

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